The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are here, and boy are they a beautiful piece of technology. Samsung really created 2 stunning pieces of technology both outside and in, but…we don’t think it is worth your money. If you have an S8/S8+ already or preparing to buy it because you really like what you see, go ahead, ball out.
Nothing wrong with that but we will break down a couple reasons why we think you should pass on it. The S8 comes with a Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 SoC, 5.8” Quad HD display, mobile HDR, 64gb storage with expandable memory, 4gb ram, 12mp rear camera & 8mp front, Bluetooth 5.0, ip68 rating, 3000mAh Non-removable battery, Android nougat 7.0, and USB type-c connector. The S8+ comes with essentially the same internals but a 6.2” Quad HD display.
The highlights for the devices come in the shape of that gorgeous infinity screen, Samsung Dex which turns your phone into a desktop PC like experience, Samsung Bixby which is Samsung’s attempt at Google Assistant, and dust/water resistance makes it returns again. A lot of top notch hardware for a pretty penny. Here is why it’s not worth your hard earned cash and why you should pass on it.
1) Too Expensive Without Subsidy
We begin with the actual price of this device. We have seen the S8/S8+ range from $6200ttd to a whopping $10,500ttd. If you decide to bite the bullet and order it for yourself on Amazon, the S8 costs $840usd/$5700ttd and the S8+ costs $930usd/$6300ttd and that is before all of the customs charges. Let us take a pause and just let those numbers sink in for a little bit. In 2017, there should be absolutely no reason to spend that kind of money on a phone.
Similarly, the hot new LG G6 is selling for $630usd/$4250ttd on Amazon. Here is the link to check out the comparison between the 2 devices (Samsung S8 vs LG G6). For a whole $200usd less, save some money and grab a G6. What I would like our readers to keep in mind is that these devices were made for companies that offer device subsidy, where a high price tag off contract would not matter too much.
If you live in a country where companies have contracts/tabs and subsidise the costs of the hardware, then the S8 is a great phone for you to pick up. B-mobile/Digicel discount size all depends on the monthly plan you select, the more expensive monthly plans will get you a better discount on the phone. At a minimum of $6200ttd, I cannot recommend picking this phone up at that price point.
2) S8/S8+ Rated They Most Fragile phone EVER!!!
Umm, let us take another moment to soak in that piece of information. According to Squaretrade (American extended warranty provider) released a highly publicised video showing how the device is the first drop and crack on all sides. Repair centres around the world are stocking up on screens as the first service depots got their first LCD change orders within 24hrs of the phone being released. If you have to fork out this kind of cash for a phone, it should be damn near indestructible. Unfortunately, it is quite the opposite.
3) Too Many Options On The Market
It is 2017 and the sheer amount of amazing devices on the market are endless at this point in time. There are also some amazing deals to be had. The IDC (International Data Center) released an article stating that Samsung and Apple had lost market share in the mobile space to Huawei, Vivo and Oppo. With companies like Xiaomi, Oneplus, ZTE, Lenovo/Motorola making some top end devices for half the price, you no longer need to spend $6000ttd to get a great device.
Early benchmarks and tests show the new Oneplus 5 being leagues faster than the S8 and historically Oneplus will debut the device around the $450usd/$3000ttd mark. Even the Xiaomi Mi 6 has beat out the S8 in benchmarks and in real-world testing has performed better than the S8, now the S8 is no slouch, but again, you don’t need to spend $6000 for a great device.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 goes for as low as $400usd/$2700ttd. As a quick overview, the Xiaomi Mi 6 comes with the same Snapdragon 835 but clocked at a faster speed than the S8, 1080p panel, 64/128gb storage with 6gb of ram, dual 12mp rear cameras with 8mp front shooter, Bluetooth 5.0, fingerprint scanner, quick charge 3.0, USB type c connector and a 3350 mAh battery.
You can buy 2 devices for the price of the S8. A few other solid replacements instead of picking up the S8 would be the Huawei Mate 9 or P10, Huawei Honor 8 Pro, LG 6, ZTE Axon 7, Oneplus 3T or wait for the Oneplus 5, Oppo R9 Plus (Most sold Android phone in Q1 2017) and not to mention the Samsung Note 7 is coming back as the Note 7r with a new battery and half the price tag.
There is no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ are amazing pieces of hardware, unfortunately, we have a hard time recommending the device outside of markets that properly subsidise the cost of the device. It is early in the year and we still await device offerings from the majority of manufacturers. So if you are in the market for a new phone the good news is, there are a lot of options available. If the S8 was on your list, just ask yourself this question, is it worth your $6000?
Gives us your thoughts on what you think of the Samsung S8 and let us know if you are one of those people who is going to pick it up or pass on it. If you are going to pass on the device, let us know what other devices you are looking at.
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HTC has just released their flagship the HTC U11 and this is another great alternative to the Samsung S8 here in in Trinidad. Click the link for more info (HTC U11)